62, Evaporative Dry Eye
sufferer since 2005
LipiFlow patient, 2008
How did suffering from Evaporative Dry Eye impact your life?
It was horribly uncomfortable – a feeling like my eyes were scratched. I had
some light sensitivity; I couldn’t wear my contacts much. It was uncomfortable
when I was outside, especially if it was windy. Sometimes I couldn’t drive, I
couldn’t read. I was continually putting drops in. I just had so many problems
with my eyes, it was brutal. I have a high tolerance to pain, but it was a
constant nuisance at best. I was just miserable.
What other kinds of treatments had you tried?
I had punctal plugs, which helped some. I used warm compresses, I used just
about every kind of drop.
What was the LipiFlow treatment like? Was there any pain or
No. I just sat back in a chair and they put these things on my eyes and I sat
there and talked to the nurse for a little while and that was it. I could certainly
feel the heat but it was nothing painful.
After the LipiFlow treatment, when did you start feeling relief?
I would say within a few days; it was a gradual thing. But it didn’t take more
then a few days until I could tell a big difference.
What has been the difference since the LipiFlow treatment?
Massive. It has made a huge difference. I use drops once in a blue moon. I can
wear my contacts. I usually don’t wear them everyday, but I certainly can wear
them and have them in all day long; that was something that I wasn’t able to
do. I’m able to walk outside on a windy day, sit in front of the computer, do
my sewing. It’s very exciting. This has made a huge, huge difference.
How did the treatment compare to your expectations?
It’s been better then I expected. This has been almost the best.